- Swiss chard
- yellow Walla Walla onions
- red onion
- summer squash
- 1 lb. "Music" garlic**
*The broccoli is starting to make it's way into the shares. For this week, there were only enough for Smoot and Alpine. We will get them to all CSA members as more are ready to harvest. We received so many positive comments on the broccoli last year that we wanted to grow another plentiful crop this season. Unfortunately, the young broccoli transplants were a favorite of the grasshoppers. Good thing Shain planted more than necessary and we were able to plant again. But the grasshoppers got a lot of those too. Sadly, we'll only have about half the broccoli as we originally intended.
We've had some set backs on the farm since last week's CSA deliveries. First was the storm that came through on Wednesday afternoon as I was gone delivering produce. I knew something had happened as soon as I drove into our driveway. The sun was shinning, but there were very large puddles everywhere - a sign of significant rain fall. Coming into the house, Shain told me the farm had been hit be a severe hail storm. From experience, we both knew there was little hope of any outside crops surviving - especially the newest rows of salad greens. The next morning I took a walk around the farm to confirm our suspicions.
Then it went on to rain, and rain hard, for nearly a week. There just isn’t much we can do with weather like that. The shell peas are the only outside crop I still have hope for (besides the potatoes). They are lying on the ground and some of the pea pods show exterior damage, but I’m hoping with some sunshine they will still fill out to harvest.
Because of the storms, we switched our Friday weeding crew to cleaning up our first batch of garlic. It was such a nice surprise to have 8 helpers come and get all of it done in one morning! It rained all day, but we were careful to box the garlic in ventilated boxes and cover them to bring into our home where it is (supposed to be) nice and dry. This is where our next problem of the week developed. Two days after bringing in all our beautifully cleaned "Music" garlic to store on a rack in our home, Shain pulled out a box and discovered it had started to mold! We dropped everything and quickly cleared away our living room rug and furniture to make room for laying out all the garlic in hopes to save it by spreading it out in the sun to kill the mold and dry out the ruined layers. We've had some garlic mold before, but never to this extent. We are confident that this situation can be remedied with some time and more work cleaning it up after it is completely dry. Another lesson learned for a strange wet weather pattern this time of year.
**We sorted through all of the problem garlic and were able to pull out just enough good bulbs to give each member a 1 pound bag. Please store it in a dry, well ventilated area. If you see a dark spot on the outer skins, peel it off (could be mold) and use in the next month or so. Fortunately, the edible part of garlic is under multiple layers of skins so any mold on the outer layers will not be harmful. We are very sorry for this inconvenience. (We know how much everyone loves garlic so we will do our best to make this right.)
Update: Thankful for some extra time in the schedule today (Wednesday, delivery day) that allowed us to come inside and reorganize my kitchen so we could get all the garlic up off the floor and onto a large metal rack. I have a front room again!
There are many good things we are seeing around the farm. Lot's to keep us happy and upbeat. The basil is lovely! The leeks are ready much earlier than ever before. We love the yellow Walla Walla onions! It hasn't frozen yet. There are several weeks of great food still to harvest!
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!